Arts Council England funds volunteering opportunities

Through National Lottery Project Grants, Arts Council England are working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to create more and better volunteering opportunities for young people and others who experience barriers to accessing high quality opportunities.

£4.6 million in government investment is being awarded to more than 160 community organisations across the country to support 7,800 new volunteering opportunities over the next two years as the government confirms the beneficiaries of the Volunteering Futures Fund, which was established in 2021.

Volunteering Futures will enable people to get involved in volunteering activities across the arts, heritage, museums, libraries, sport and physical activity, youth and other community settings.

Their aim is to create more and better volunteering opportunities for people who experience loneliness, who experience barriers to volunteering or live in areas where there are fewer volunteering opportunities.

You can read more about these opportunities here

Get Into Theatre is a great resource for young theatre-makers

Get Into Theatre is a website which is a fantastic resource for those young people wanting to know more about the many and varied rewarding careers that theatre can offer them.

Get Into Theatre was originally produced by The Stage newspaper and created in partnership with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. All the partners remain active supporters but Get Into Theatre is now an independent charity.

At its website you’ll find huge amounts of theatre-related information, ideas and useful interviews, FAQs, opportunities and experiences, as well as a quick and easy way to refine what you’re looking for in the site’s fun Quick Questions feature.

I’d highly recommend this site as a first stop for anyone wanting to know about the world of theatre which seems obvious to those of us in it, but can seem impenetrable to those outside wanting to know more. This website is a brilliant bridge across that divide. Get along there today!

Visit Get Into Theatre here

Watch Now: Cultural Conversations focuses on the next generations

You can now watch the recording of this fascinating and insigthful discussion.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Genesis Foundation invited us to join them for the fifth in the series of Cultural Conversations: ‘Young People and The Arts: Making Space and Opening Doors’ which took place online on Monday 26th July.

The Cultural Conversations series is a sequence of focused debates around Arts and Culture in the City of London. This fifth Conversation was chaired by Gemma Cairney, in conversation with Cherry Eckel, Artist and Advisory Group member at Boundless Theatre; Neil Griffiths, Chief Executive at Arts Emergency; Montana Hall, Founder of Run the Check and Trustee at The Photographers Gallery; Renee Odjidja, Curator: Youth Programmes at Whitechapel Gallery; and Abdul Shayek, Artistic Director at Tara Theatre, and Lemn Sissay OBE, Poet, Playwright and Broadcaster.

Please click here to watch the recorded discussion

Little Angel Theatre’s DON’T WORRY LITTLE CRAB

Parents with younger children are in for a treat as award-winning The Little Angel Theatre is streaming another show right now on the Theatre’s YouTube channel.

Folded Feather, in association with Little Angel Theatre, present a fun, puppet-filled version of Chris Haughton’s DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB.

The show is free to access and aimed at children aged from 2 to 5.

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a rockpool. Today, they’re going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water… Oh. The waves! They’re ENORMOUS. “JEEPERS!” Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?

The show was created and performed remotely. It lasts six minutes

Although this show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does vital work in helping younger children to access the joy of theatre.


TheatreCraft 2019 is coming!

If you are aged 16-30 (or know others who are), and have an interest in the theatre as a potential future career, then you simply cannot afford to miss the invaluable, totally FREE, once-a-year event that is TheatreCraft 2019.

This year, on Monday 11th November, the doors of the Royal Opera House will open to the main event, with a wide range of events featuring top industry names, all ready to share their thoughts and insight with you. And with dozens of bookable workshops happening at half a dozen nearby theatres, there is a huge range of things to do and participate in.

TheatreCraft is the only major event focused on offstage careers, in other words anything but acting. Lighting, Directing, Choreography, Writing, Sound, Music, Costume, Props, Stage Combat, Stage Management, Venue Management and more are all represented. Workshops allow a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from experts about what they do and how they do it. In most events there is also time for questions from the audience, so you can get more involved.

Having been a small part of the management of this event for the last three years, I can tell you firsthand that there is no better place to go to boost your knowledge and meet thousands of like-minded people. It’s a great day which you should not miss!

The day itself is run by a fantastic team of fun, hard-working volunteers and the industry participants all give their time free to be involved. You can learn more about being a TheatreCraft volunteer here

TheatreCraft is organised by a group of committed partners from across the creative and cultural industries: the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Society of London Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

For more information and all the latest news about TheatreCraft visit or find them on Twitter @TheatreCraft.